I walked by this mural on Monday and remembered the wonderful story that Christy Khoshaba did on the mural and its history and thought that for those of you who are new to the Mission, you might be interested in reading it.
Here’s a snippet, but click on this link as there is a wonderful slideshow and article at the end of it.
Lou Dematteis was simply taking pictures. He used his Nikon F2 to document the first-ever 1979 Carnaval parade. From there, Carnaval committee member Mauricio Aviles pushed to get a selection of the photos onto a city mural.
“I was very happy to give [Aviles] my images,” said Dematteis. “I was a big proponent of neighborhood and community art.”
Twenty-eight years later, “Carnaval,” showcasing real people, real establishments and the real energy of the Mission, remains – dimmer, but still very much alive on 24th and South Van Ness.